UtahSBA: Hicks Clinches 2021 King Of The Mountain Championship

UtahSBA: Hicks Clinches 2021 King Of The Mountain Championship

© 2021, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Travers Johnson on behalf of UtahSBA:

The Utah Sportbike Association held Round 5 of the Utah Motorcycle Law
Masters of the Mountains Race Series on August 14th. Racers from
around the country traveled to Grantsville to race on Utah Motorsports
Campus’ perimeter configuration which had been on hiatus since the
2019 racing season. The temperatures were high over the weekend, but
riders got to cool down on the long front straight.

On Saturday the UtahSBA held their final class of the season, the
Advanced Rider Training (ART). UtahSBA believes that a skilled,
educated, and trained rider is a safer rider, this program helps
accomplish that goal. The ART is in partnership with the Yamaha
Champions Riding School (YCRS) and teaches skills developed and
practiced by the world’s top riders. Skills that were taught included
vision skills, braking, accelerating, and managing direction changes.
ART students got classroom time, drill time, and when the racing was
finished the ART students took to the track to put it all to work.

The morning began with the Trackstar/Dunlop and Moto Station/Pirelli
King of the Mountain qualifying. In the first qualifying session
riders took the time to do last minute testing and get everything
dialed in. In the second qualifying session things got heated up.
Tyler Jones improved his Q1 time of 2:01.980 to a 1:59.241 for P4 on
the grid. Eric Jones set a great time of 1:58.529 for P3 on the grid.
Jerry Hicks bettered his Q1 time and set a 1:58.202 which was good for
P2. Bill Davis improved his 2:00.347 from Q1 with a blistering
1:57.875 for pole position.

After a morning filled with close racing and excitement it was time
for the King of the Mountain race. Racers took to their positions on
the grid, bikes revved and lights went out for KOM. Eric Jones from
third on the grid took the holeshot after the long straight into turn
one. Following Eric Jones was Davis in second and Hicks in third. On
their way into turn 5 Eric Jones, Davis, and Hicks were nose-to-tail.
Eric Jones took a tight entry line into the turn and tucked his front
end, sending him out of the race. To avoid running over Eric Jones,
Davis locked his front and lowsided out with Eric Jones. Hicks made it
through the corner and focused on keeping it all together for the
remainder of the race. Race direction then called for a red flag and
riders returned to their garages. In the second start of KOM Davis
took the holeshot from pole position and Hicks followed closely
behind. As the racers completed the first lap it was Davis leading
followed by Hicks and Tyler Jones. At the end of the second lap Ryan
Richardson drafted Tyler Jones and passed him on the inside into turn
1 to take third. Davis led the race followed by Hicks until lap 5 when
Hicks made a move on the brakes up the inside of Davis for the lead.
Tyler Jones finished the race in fourth, Richardson finished third.
Davis took the second podium spot, and the KOM championship points
leader Jerry Hicks got the gold clinching the KOM title for the 2021
season.

In a post-race interview we caught up with Hicks who said, “Although
it’s been a bit of a fist-fight with a few things this season, I’m
happy to have now taken a third KOM championship on the trot and to
have locked up the Open Superbike and Open Superstock championships.”
Hicks also had some people he wanted to thank, “I want to thank my
wife, Carrie for all of her support, being team manager, hospitality
manager, number one fan, holding the pit board during races, and all
the other stuff she does to make this happen. Also, I want to thank
Kory, Brian, James, and the entire Moto Station crew. For equipment,
I’ve gotta give a nod to Pirelli race tires and Kawasaki for offering
exceptional products that allow us racers to ride to our full
potential. Finally, special thanks to the USBA board and our club
sponsors; without them, none of this would be possible.”

The AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO race brought more excitement to the
paddock as the day went on. David Thomas started on P7, when the
lights went out Thomas put his new BMW to work and muscled his way
through the front of the pack down the long straight to take the
holeshot in turn 1. Following Thomas was Rick Squires and John Tran.
The race remained the same until the final lap. As Squires and Tran
were coming out of the attitudes, Tran made his move to pass Squires
on the inside. From there they took turns blocking each other in the
last three corners. As they came out of the final turn side by side it
was a drag race to the finish line and Tran won. Squires finished in
third, Tran took second, and Meyer had the gold. The Edge Powersports
Deseret Dash race also had some great battles. Tyler Jones, who
started fifth on the grid, took the holeshot into turn 1 followed by
David Meyer. In Lap 1 Braden Jones found his way through two riders on
the inside into turn 5 for third. On the final lap Meyer made his pass
stick on the inside into turn 13 to take the lead. Braden Jones took
third, Tyler Jones held onto silver, and Meyer took the win.

As the race day neared its end, it was time for the C&R Coatings
Combined GTU. The race did not disappoint. Racers took their positions
on the grid and the track went green. Peter Hofpointner who started on
pole took the holeshot out of turn 1 followed by Lee McNutt. On their
way into turn 3 McNutt made his move on the inside of Hofpointner to
take the lead. Samuel Gluss who started on grid spot 31 had a dream
start that got him up to 4th. On the first lap coming out of the
attitudes Nicholas Schmit who was in third made a mistake which Gluss
capitalized on and got a good drive through Schmit on the inside to
take third. Gluss finished the race in third, in front of Gluss for
second place was Hofpointner. And McNutt took home the gold in
Combined GTU.

Once the races were wrapped up, UtahSBA club members and family all
came together for the traditional post-race BBQ, awards, and to talk
about the ups and downs of the day’s races. Racers then began loading
up their bikes and cleaning up their garages with excitement for the
final round of the season. Round 6 is set to be held on Utah
Motorsports Campus’ East track on September 4th. We look forward to
seeing you all then for our closing round!

The Utah Sport Bike Association is a Utah Non-Profit dedicated to
promoting education, safe riding, and competition in the Intermountain
West. You can find more information about the USBA, upcoming events,
and schools at www.utahsba.com or find us on Facebook.

Motostation/Trackstar KOM Overall:

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX10R)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. David Thomas (BMW S1000RR)

6. Tyler Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Motostation KOM GTO:

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX10R)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. David Thomas (BMW S1000RR)

6. Tyler Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Trackstar KOM GTU:

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

4. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

 

AZ Riding Academy Combined GTO

1. David Thomas (BMW S1000RR)

2. John Tran (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR-1000)

4. Lee Mcnutt (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Aaron Sherman (YAM YZF-R1)

6. James Kling (DUC 1198)

 

C&R Coatings Combined GTU

1. Lee Mcnutt (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

4. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

5. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Expert

1. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

2. Tyler Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Braden Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

4. John Tran (YAM YZF-R1)

5. James Kling (DUC 1198)

6. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

 

The Edge Powersports Deseret Dash – Novice

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

3. David Behrend (YAM YZF-R1)

4. John Tillotson (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Chayce Lance (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTO

1. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

2. Eric Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

3. Tyler Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

4. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

6. John Tran (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Harrison Eurosports Formula 40 – GTU

1. Raymond Clark (TRI 675)

2. Nathan Bell (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

5. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848-EVO)

6. Dustin Lance (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Bingham Cyclery Lightweight Superbike

1. Ryan Smith (APR RS660)

2. Daniel Egbert (SUZ SV650)

3. Christopher De La Torre (SUZ SV650)

4. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

6. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Blud Racing Lubricants Middleweight Superbike

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

4. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

5. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Braxton Young (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Toxic Moto Racing Middleweight Superstock

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

4. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTO

1. Kevin Dolan (SUZ GSXR1000)

2. James Kling (DUC 1198)

3. Joshua Snow (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

5. Barry Ketmany (YAM YZF-R1)

 

The Mechanic Modern Vintage – GTU

1. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

2. Richard Findlay (SUZ GSXR-600)

3. Tyler Donaworth (TRI 675R)

4. Braxton Young (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Kirk Doyle (KAW ZX6R)

6. Victor Arias (YAM YZF-R6)

 

Karl Malone Powersports  Moto 2

1. Brian Childree (KAW ZX6R)

2. Cole Phillips (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Peter Hofpointner (YAM YZF-R6)

4. Lee Mcnutt (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Samuel Gluss (KAW 636)

6. Nicholas Schmit (SUZ GSXR-600)

 

Redline Realty Moto 3

1. Christopher De La Torre (SUZ SV650)

2. Sean Groenstein (HON NSF250R)

3. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA-400)

4. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

6. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Legion of Speed Novice GTO

1. Remington Mathews (BMW S1000RR)

2. Sam Arquit (HON CBR1000RR)

3. Christopher Mousley (YAM YZF-R1)

4. John Tillotson (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Pratt Wellman (APR RSV4-RR)

6. David Behrend (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Brighton Peak Financial Novice GTU

1. Belisario Arango (KAW ZX6R)

2. Brock Jones (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

4. Chayce Lance (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Jeff Leeman (YAM YZF-R6)

6. Raymond Clark (TRI 675R)

 

Vortex Open Superbike

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX10R)

2. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

3. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

4. Kevin Dolan (KAW ZX10R)

5. David Thomas (BMW S1000RR)

6. Gilbert Gonzalez (KAW ZX10R)

 

MotoUnited Open Superstock

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX10R)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

3. David Thomas (BMW S1000RR)

4. Bill Davis (BMW S1000RR)

5. Tyler Jones (YAM YZF-R1)

6. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

 

Karl Malone Powersports Open Twins

1. James Kling (DUC 1198)

2. Ryan Smith (APR RS660)

3. Daniel Egbert (DUC 1199S)

4. Joshua Fisher (TRI 675R)

5. Donald Rothfuss (DUC 848-EVO)

6. Raymond Clark (TRI 675R)

 

Velosio Production 500

1. Brian Childree (KAW NINJA-400)

2. Mark Taylor (KAW NINJA-400)

3. Brian Gerwe (KAW NINJA-400)

4. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

5. Kirk Doyle (YAM FZR400)

6. Rachel Kuns (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Monarch Powersports Sportsman

1. Justin Stapleford (SUZ GSXR-1000)

2. Mario Fernandez (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Travers Johnson (KAW NINJA-400)

 

Napa Auto Parts Tooele Stock 1000

1. Jerry Hicks (KAW ZX10R)

2. Ryan Richardson (KAW ZX10R)

3. David Meyer (YAM YZF-R1)

4. Aaron Sherman (YAM YZF-R1)

5. Rick Squires (SUZ GSXR1000)

6. James Kling (DUC 1198)

 

Carbonsmith Super Street Bike

1. Peter Hofpointner (KAW ZX10R)

2. Daniel Bodon (SUZ GSXR-600)

3. Victor Arias (HON RVT-1000R-RC51)

4. Josh Carrion (YAM YZF-R6)

 

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